Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Devon Conway has given credit to his captain MS Dhoni for his match-winning knock against the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 55th match of the ongoing IPL 2022 on May 8.
On Sunday, Conway played a stunning knock of 87 runs off 49 balls laced with five sixes and seven fours to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 91 runs at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.
After the match, the New Zealand batter revealed that Dhoni's advice on handling spinners helped him score his third straight half-century in the ongoing IPL 2022, as coming down the track and hitting spinners over the ropes was not his biggest strength.
Devon Conway said at the post-match conference: “I have got to give credit to MS actually. In the last game, I swept quite a lot, and I, unfortunately, got out playing the sweep. But he (Dhoni) told me 'I think the guys are going to try to bowl fuller to you tonight. So maybe come out and try to hit them straight.' He sort of gave me the guideline to try to execute that.”
On people comparing him with CSK’s assistant coach Mike Hussey, Conway said: “I think I've heard that a few times now, which is quite good. To get compared to one of the greats, Mike Hussey... it's pretty special to be possible in that bracket.”
He added, “He's got so much knowledge, so much experience. Not only in the IPL, but throughout the world. It's just very important for me as a player to continue talking to him and learning from him and just getting some guidelines when I need it.”
The 30-year-old right-hander further said that he wants to keep things simple about the game.
He noted: “For me, the key is to keep very simple, and authentic myself as a player. My blueprint is simple. In the first six (overs), try to play strong cricket shots, and analyze the situation, the surface, and the conditions. I just kept up the communication with Rutu (Ruturaj Gaikwad) at the other end.”
Conway signed off by praising Ruturaj, “He is a class player, he's really calm at the crease, so he and I have good chats and we complement each other quite nicely in the middle.”
(With PTI Inputs)